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‘UN-CONVENTIONAL’ Schedule

  • Monday, March 8

  • Tuesday, March 9

  • Wednesday, March 10

  • Thursday, March 11

‘UN-CONVENTIONAL’ Speakers

  • Mark Adler

    VAIdigital

    Mark Adler

    Mark Adler has morphed his passion of making films and training over a long multifaceted career which includes roles on corporate, commercial and feature film productions. He has found himself on the cutting edge of his craft using new technology to tell stories, capture events or assist the creative team on a number of projects.

    A fine writer, he translated that creative ability into television and film production. These strong skills have been honed further by training others in courses and seminars. Through his relationships and experience Mark has become a leader, business owner, event planner, an author (“Production Algebra, a handbook for production assistants” 2009 – Volume 2 ebook June 2018) and a public speaker.

    Over the past 25 years, Mark Adler has developed his creative and organizational skills in positions ranging from Trainer and Director to Producer and President of VAIdigital LLC a video support company for the film industry. At present, Mark divides his time between managing VAIdigital and building his 501c6 trade organization, the Michigan Production Alliance with the goal of creating a more stable financial environment for the production community in Michigan.

    During his career, Mark has trained hundreds of individuals in the use of production, multimedia methods and technology. As President and primary technician of VAIdigital LLC , Mark functions as liaison and consultant on the video aspects of commercial and feature film productions as well as providing rental of video assist and TelePrompTer display systems.

    VAIdigital LLC has provided video assist or “instant replay” service on thousands of local, regional and national commercials over many years – FCA, Ford and GM are clients. He has worked directly with directors as the Video Assist Operator on feature films such as BATMAN v SUPERMAN, and KEY video assist on FREAKY DEAKY, The SET UP, VAMPS, THE DOUBLE, RED DAWN, STONE, HUNG and CONVICTION.

    His teleprompter work has included series such as the Daytime Emmy winning Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca, CBS, Did I mention Invention with Alie Ward on the CW and The James Brown Show on CBS Sports. Having always been interested in new technologies Mark began operating robot cameras and Vison Mixers for webcasts and live shows.

    Prior to broadcast work, Mark was responsible for the design, oversight and implementation of MacLean-Hunter Cable LTD’s community access center in EastPointe and Centerline, Michigan. As Production Manager, his skills were tested in all areas from training staff, city officials and volunteers to lighting editing, camera operating and directing.

    Mark quite literally built a production facility, a mobile production vehicle and a following of community volunteers in order to create entertainment and informational programming for the franchise area. With the start up complete, Mark moved into commercial production in 1982.

  • Erika Beasley

    Beasley Media Group

    Erika Beasley

    Ms. Beasley previously served as the Corporate Digital Content Director for Local Markets since 2019.

    In her role, she is responsible for overseeing content creation on the company’s many digital platforms.

    Prior to joining the digital division, Ms. Beasley was the Vice President and Market Manager of the Company’s stations in Fayetteville, North Carolina, including WKML-FM, WZFX-FM, WFLB-FM, WUKS-FM, and WAZZ-AM. In addition, she held sales manager positions at several radio stations within Beasley’s Tampa and Philadelphia market clusters.

    The broadcast veteran is a graduate of the National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) Broadcast Leadership Training Class of 2017 as well as the BMI & Radio Advertising Bureau’s Rising Through The Ranks program, where she received the first-ever Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group’s (MIW) “Rising Star Award”.

    In addition, Ms. Beasley has served on the boards of several industry and community organizations, including the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, the United Way of Cumberland County, the Methodist University Board of Visitors and the Fayetteville Kiwanis Club.

  • Kevin Benz

    i-Media Strategies
  • Josh Bohn

    Bohn Broadcast Services

    Josh Bohn

  • Lynn Claudy

    National Association of Broadcasters

    Lynn Claudy

    Lynn Claudy is Senior Vice President of Technology for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the trade association for radio and television broadcast stations in the United States. He joined NAB in 1988 as a Staff Engineer and held positions of Director of Advanced Engineering & Technology and Vice President before assuming his present position in 1995. Prior to joining NAB, he was employed by Hoppmann Corporation, a communications systems integration firm where he held a variety of technical and management positions. He also was a part-time professor in the Physics Department at the American University in Washington DC, where he taught courses in acoustics and audio technology. Previous to that, he was a Development Engineer at Shure Brothers Incorporated, a manufacturer of audio equipment.

    He earned a BA degree from Oberlin College, BSEE from Washington University in St. Louis and MSEE degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a member of AES, AFCCE, IEEE, SBE and a SMPTE Fellow. He is also an appointed member of the FCC Technological Advisory Council and was the 2016 recipient of the IEEE BTS Jules Cohen Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award. He currently also serves as Chairman of the ATSC Board of Directors.

  • Ro Coppola

    Ro Coppola

    Ro Coppola is the Director of Digital and Enterprise Content at WDIV/ClickOnDetroit.com. She manages the station’s website as well as their other digital properties. Coppola has spent her career in television news with WDIV, starting as an intern in 1989. Her first paying job was as a Production Assistant before moving to Sports Producer and then becoming Executive Producer of Special Projects in 2005. She also spearheads news special programming which includes the Auto Show, Olympics, Championship Parades, Aretha Franklin’s funeral and several news documentaries.

  • Vincent Duffy

    Michigan Radio

    Vincent Duffy

    Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Radio since May 2007. In his years leading the Michigan Radio news room, the news team has won scores of national, regional and state awards including Murrow Awards, Sigma Delta Chi awards, a duPont award and others.

  • Lauren Edwards

    WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids)

    Lauren Edwards

    Anyone who knows me knows that I love sports, food, cannolis, the color green, traveling, Chicago-style hot dogs, the Golden Girls and all kinds of cheeses. (Nothing tops a robust parmesan.) But one of the things I love most is people. I love people! Short, tall, rich, poor, bald or hair like Rapunzel, it doesn’t matter. Meeting new people and getting to know the story of their lives is one of my life’s greatest thrills. And, the fact that I get to share their stories with FOX 17 viewers — whether triumphant or challenging — is an honor. All the boring stuff about me is that I graduated with journalism degrees from Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Boston University, did my dissertation on race and English football while living in London and worked for New England Sports Network for many years. That’s really all blah, blah, blah.

    Bottom line, I like people. And hopefully one day I can meet you.

  • Jamie Grey

    Gray Television National Investigative Unit

    Jamie Grey

    Jamie Grey is the executive producer of InvestigateTV, Gray Television’s national investigative team. She specializes in crime, political and data investigative reporting and producing. Prior to coming to InvestigateTV, she was an assistant professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and managing editor/chief investigator for the NBC affiliate in the Columbia/Jefferson City area. She was also a television reporter in Iowa and Idaho and has won various state, regional and national awards for her investigative work. Jamie is a graduate of Mizzou, with degrees in journalism and higher education leadership and policy analysis.

  • Sarah Grimmer

    WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids)

    Sarah Grimmer

    Born and raised a proud Michigander, Sarah Grimmer grew up watching a healthy mix of local news followed by Regis and Kelly. Local news instilled in her the drive and excitement to make an impact in her community by sharing peoples’ stories. Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa instilled in her the drive and excitement to wake up early and add some light to viewers’ mornings.

    Sarah’s career began as an intern in Detroit, then on air at 9&10 News in Northern Michigan, and now as a morning reporter and anchor at FOX17 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    In recent years Sarah strives to make her storytelling more in depth and attention-grabbing. She loves to edit her own stories adding subtitles, music, and DSLR shots to demand viewers’ attention.

  • Kirk A. Harnack

    The Telos Alliance

    Kirk A. Harnack

    Kirk Harnack brings nearly 40 years of hands-on experience in broadcast engineering and education to his position at The Telos Alliance. His expertise in putting technology to work in broadcast facilities has driven notable expansion in IP-Audio, VoIP for broadcast, and other new technology adoption by audio content creators.

    Kirk maintains an active, hands-on role in broadcast engineering through his positions as a partner and VP-Engineering of South Seas Broadcasting, Inc., licensee of KKHJ-FM and WVUV-FM in American Samoa.  He is also partner and Director of Engineering for Delta Radio, LLC, licensee of six radio stations in Cleveland, Indianola, and Greenville, Mississippi. Kirk is a certified Meteorologist, Private Pilot, and licensed General Class Amateur Radio operator (KD5FYD). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, and has served as Chairman of the SBE Chapter in Memphis, Tennessee, and Program Chair and Vice-Chair of SBE Chapter 103 in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Kirk founded the Internet video netcast, “This Week in Radio Tech” or “TWiRT”.  This 1-hour weekly video netcast, features regular contributors and guests from the world of radio engineering.

  • Marcus Harun

    MSNBC

    Marcus Harun

  • Amanda Holtstrom

    Ross Video

    Amanda Holtstrom

    Amanda Holtstrom is the Product Manager for Ross Production Cloud at Ross Video. A computer engineer, Amanda has spent her career designing and delivering software systems to address key problems to a variety of industries. An advocate for great design and simple interfaces, Amanda joined Ross Video over a year ago and is also responsible for DashBoard and other production workflow solutions that Ross customers use to create amazing productions.

  • Boyd Huppert

    KARE-TV (Minneapolis)

    Boyd Huppert

  • Wade Kingsley

    The Ideas Business

    Wade Kingsley

    Wade founded The Ideas Business with the core purpose of wanting to create more creators. His belief is that creativity is not the domain of the few, but a skill within everyone. The key is how to unlock creative potential for individual and team success. Wade’s passion for the creative process combined with 25 years of experience in media, marketing, branding and sales delivers a unique skillset that you can tap into to grow your creative competency.

  • Elizabeth Klynstra

    WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids)

    Elizabeth Klynstra

    Elizabeth Klynstra is the digital director at WOOD TV8 and WOTV 4 in Grand Rapids, Mich., a position she’s held since 2015.

    Elizabeth has led her team through countless platform changes, evolving technology and the push and pull of adapting to new user consumption habits as they transform the industry. While her team’s work regularly draws more than one million page views a day, she focuses primarily on engagement metrics, UX design and cross-platform strategies that drive brand loyalty.

    Previously, Elizabeth managed a digital news team in Atlanta and worked in various digital and broadcast roles at the CBS and FOX affiliates in West Michigan.

    Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Mass Media Communications from Calvin College with minors in journalism and Spanish. She lives in the Grand Rapids area with her husband and two rescue animals and is passionate about the #adoptdontshop movement.

  • David Layer

    National Broadcasters Association

    David Layer

    David Layer is vice president, advanced engineering in NAB’s Technology department. David has been with NAB since 1995 focusing primarily on the radio technology and standards setting area.

    David’s principal responsibilities include serving as a project manager for technology projects being conducted by PILOT (NAB’s innovation initiative), and as principal administrator of the NAB Radio Technology Committee, a group of technical executives from NAB member companies that advises NAB on technology development and technical regulatory matters.  Currently, David is the chairman of the RadioDNS Steering Board and is the NAB representative to the RDS Forum.  He is also vice-chair of the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) Radio Committee.  He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE).

    David was the recipient of Radio World’s 2015 Excellence in Engineering Award and was recognized by Radio Ink Magazine in November 2010 as among the top ten best engineers in radio. In 2014 David received the Consumer Electronics Association Technology Leadership Award. The IEEE BTS awarded David the Matti Siukola Memorial Award for the Best Paper of both the 2014 and 2018 IEEE Broadcast Symposia.

  • Mark Levy

    Revenue Development Resources

    Mark Levy

    Described as a dynamic “value-packed” public speaker“fabulous sales trainer and motivator,” and resource of “thousands of tips and approaches that always pay dividends,” Mark Levy has 35+ years of experience and expertise in growing organizations’ teams, profits and impact. As President and Co-Founder of Revenue Development Resources (RDR), Mark is a widely-known and highly-respected public speaker, sales and management trainer and coach, and business development consultant.

  • L’areal Lipkins

    Lipkins Consulting Group

    L’areal Lipkins

  • Chip Mahaney

    The E. W. Scripps Company

    Chip Mahaney

    Chip Mahaney has nearly 40 years of experience in news, primarily in television and digital, with 20 of those years in leadership positions at local and corporate levels. Chip is currently Emerging Talent Leader for The E. W. Scripps Company, founded in 1878, and now one of the largest local broadcast companies in the country. In Chip’s 12 years at Scripps, he has served in multiple roles at the corporate headquarters and also as News Director at the company’s hometown flagship, WCPO. Before coming to Scripps, Chip worked in management for local newsrooms in the Fox, Raycom, Gannett and Belo groups.

    Chip served the industry for more than a decade on the board of Radio Television Digital News Association. He is a longtime judge of the annual Edward R. Murrow Awards, the Scripps Howard Awards and various regional Emmy Awards. He has taught in dozens of convention and conference settings, as well as for organizations such as The Poynter Institute and the Carole Kneeland Project. Over the years, Chip has mentored hundreds of developing journalists. He currently serves as a professional adviser to Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Chip is an avid distance runner, favoring the half marathon. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife Susan, a former longtime TV news executive producer and producer.

  • Jim Mathis

    Reinvention Nation

    Jim Mathis

  • Zak McGraw

    Zak McGraw

    Working for an ad agency for 4 years, Zak McGraw has worked with clients from all over Michigan and the United States. Gaining experience in videography, 360 photography, 360 aerial photography and videography has pushed him toward new experiences and technology. With an Associates in Computer Graphics Technology, from Schoolcraft College and a curiosity for new technology, becoming a licensed drone pilot and Google certified photographer was a breeze. Flying came easy from the experienced gained from the video games played over the years (for once they came in handy), but studying for the test was the real challenge. Zak is currently creating content on a freelance basis and is excited to see where things are headed.

  • Gary Moore

    Local Broadcast Sales

    Gary Moore

    Gary Moore is President of Local Broadcast Sales (the nation’s leading independent broadcast sales training and new business development website).  He served as co-Dean of the New York State Broadcaster’s Association Two-Week TV Sales School. He has successfully led and had day-to-day responsibility for advertising and online sales team members in Dallas, San Diego, Sacramento, Houston, Riverside, Oceanside, Santa Monica, and Modesto.  Gary and his wife Ann live in the San Diego area and have eleven children.
  • Madeleine Noland

    Advanced Television Systems Committee

    Madeleine Noland

    Madeleine Noland is the President of the Advanced Television Systems Committee Inc. Widely respected for her consensus-building leadership style, she chaired the ATSC technology group that oversees the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard before being named ATSC President in May 2019. Previously, she chaired various ATSC 3.0-related specialist groups, ad hoc groups and implementation teams since 2012.

    A 15-year industry veteran, Noland held key technology management and standards roles at Backchannelmedia Inc., Telvue Corp. and LG Electronics. She received TV NewsCheck’s “2019 Futurist” Women in Technology Award and was named one of 2018’s “Powerful Women in Consumer Technology” by Dealerscope magazine. In 2016, she received the ATSC’s highest technical honor, the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award. She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts.

  • Tim Pamplin

    WDIV-TV (Detroit)

    Tim Pamplin

    It’s the question everyone asks – who is the man behind the Nightcam?

    You’ve seen his work, heard his voice, but maybe never seen his face. Tim Pamplin, better known as Nightcam, has been an elusive fan favorite since 1999.

    Tim is living his childhood dream of becoming a TV cameraman, and has been honored with several broadcasting awards with Local 4 including two Edward R. Murrow awards and three Emmy awards.

    Born in Haverhill, Suffolk, an English farming area of East Anglia about 50 miles north of London, Tim moved to Chicago in 1992 where he worked as a still photographer.

    Since moving to Detroit in 1994 he has become an important part of the WDIV News team, both as a photojournalist who captures incredible images and as a reporter bringing home the breaking news first on the scene.

    Not only can Tim be found all across town, but also frequently covers national events and international specials for Local 4.

    Tim says his three-week assignment covering the Sept. 11 terror attacks in New York City was one of his most significant professional endeavors. “I saw both the very worst and the very best of the human condition,” he says.

    Nightcam has traveled the world, reporting and filming in places such as Moscow, Shanghai, Athens, Kosovo, Italy, Beijing, Germany, Honduras, Brazil, Ireland, along the DMZ in Korea and of course, the United Kingdom.

    He also covered the Oklahoma City bombing from the beginning through the trial and ultimately at the  execution of Timothy McVeigh at the federal prison in Terre Haute, IN.

    A self proclaimed “news junkie,” Nightcam is a current affairs nut. Which may explain his passion for capturing the latest events and keeping viewers in the know.

    Just one question remains. Why have we never seen his face?

    Well, because he’s holding the camera, of course!

  • Wayne Pecena

    KAMU, Texas A&M University

    Wayne Pecena

    Wayne M. Pecena is the Assistant Director of Educational Broadcast Services at Texas A&M University. He serves as the Director of Engineering for KAMU Public Radio and Television and TTVN – The Texas A&M University System wide area data and distance learning network where he is responsible for technical infrastructure implementation and ongoing operations. Recent projects included the migration of the TTVN infrastructure to the Regional Oprical Network environment provided by the Lonestar Education and Research Network. Wayne holds BS and MS degrees from Texas A&M University and holds Professional Broadcast Engineer (CPBE) and Networking Technologist (CBNT) certifications from the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
  • Rick Pluta

    Michigan Public Radio Network

    Rick Pluta

    Rick Pluta has been the managing editor and state MPRN Capitol bureau chief since 1996. His beats include the Legislature and courts, as well as environmental and legal issues. Pluta has covered the Michigan Capitol since 1987. His radio work has aired on “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” “Marketplace,” “Marketplace Money,” “Justice Talking,” and “Soundprint.”

    Before joining MPRN, he covered the Capitol for WJR-AM in Detroit, The Oakland Press, and United Press International. His first full-time news job was with The Elizabeth (N.J.) Daily Journal. He has also written for The Chicago Tribune, The Toledo Blade, and some magazines and specialty publications.

    He is a lousy guitar player and an excellent parallel parker.

  • Ian Rhodes 

    WDIV-TV (Detroit)

    Ian Rhodes 

     Ian has been the Technical News Operations Manager for WDIV Local 4 (NBC Affiliate, Detroit) since 2014. When asked what a News Ops Manager does, his favorite response is, “I manage the photographers, editors, find and implement new technology and anything that doesn’t fall under someone else’s job description.”   Ian has worked on a number of large projects for WDIV including The Detroit Autoshow, Ford Fireworks, America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Detroit Grand Prix, Aretha Franklin’s Funeral, The Governors Townhall: Covid-19, Democratic Debate and many more.

  • Seth Resler

    Jacobs Media Strategies

    Seth Resler

  • Jeremy Salo

    CLV Productions

    Jeremy Salo

    Jeremy Salo is a producer, cinematographer, and editor at CLV Productions. He produced “Your Brush with Nature,” an Emmy-nominated television series which was nationally syndicated on PBS, Create TV, plus internationally on Netflix, Amazon and various foreign broadcast stations. He is the President of the Detroit ACM SIGGRAPH chapter and on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Production Alliance. For over 10 years, Jeremy has shared his 20+ years of TV and media experiences an an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Computer Graphics Technology at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. He’s the college’s Core Ability Team Leader for Demonstrate Creative and Critical Thinking. Jeremy is also a member of the Schoolcraft Advisory Committee. He received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Madonna University along with a BA in Television and Video Communications. Jeremy is an underwater cinematographer and has recorded for Hook n’ Look on the Outdoor Channel. He is an Ambassador for Scuba Diving for Aquatic Adventures of Michigan and a Master Diver through PADI.

  • Chuck Stokes

    WXYZ-TV (Detroit)

    Chuck Stokes

    Chuck Stokes is the editorial/public affairs director for WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 in Detroit, Mich.  2020 also marks his 26th year as moderator and producer of WXYZ’s Spotlight on the News, Michigan’s longest-running weekly news and public affairs show, created in 1965.

    During his time at WXYZ, Stokes’ in-depth interviews have included a host of prominent politicians, entertainers, religious and business leaders. Highlights of his work at WXYZ include traveling to South Africa to produce a prime-time documentary and 10-part news series examining the country’s apartheid system and interviewing two United States presidents.

    Before he became Channel 7’s editorial/public affairs director, Stokes worked as the station’s executive producer of special projects in news.  And prior to joining WXYZ-TV, Stokes served as a producer and on-air reporter at WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tenn. and sports writer for The Washington Post. Stokes frequently appears as a panelist on Off the Record with Tim Skubick, a statewide PBS program produced by WKAR-TV in East Lansing at Michigan State University.

    He has accumulated a long list of personal awards and achievements including 12 Emmy Awards for editorial reporting and two Emmys for documentary reporting.  In 2001, Stokes received the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Lifetime Achievement Award.  In 2011, Stokes was inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, and in 2012 he received the Life Membership Award from the Association of Opinion Journalists.  He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and winner of their Interview/Discussion Program Award, past president of both the National Conference of Editorial Writers and its foundation, past president of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation, immediate past board president of the Historical Society of Michigan and a board member of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

    Stokes is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.   A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Stokes is married and has two daughters and a son-in-law.

  • Sheri Stuart

    WBKB-TV (Alpena)

    Sheri Stuart

    Sheri is the News Director and an Anchor at WBKB-TV (Alpena). She is a graduate of Central Michigan and Michigan State University where she studied broadcast journalism.  Her career has spanned leadership roles as a radio news reporter and public relations strategist.  She is the recipient of several journalism education fellowship awards she earned while working in Southern California.  As a freelance writer and reporter, her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Wave and Crown City News.

  • Wally Szczubialka

    Orange Dragin Productions

    Wally Szczubialka

    Wally Szczubialka is owner or Orange Dragin Productions, a television and live event production company located in Troy, Michigan.

    Wally has been involved in productions from business television, industrials, commercials, behind the scenes of movies and working on national network sports, news and documentary series programs.

    With over 30 years of production experience, Wally will share this knowledge to help you avoid costly mistakes or just learn a few tricks to make your production life better. This presentation will be tailored to specific productions or daily news gather situations, you may be involved in. Information should help producers, directors, managers and crew.

  • John Tkac

    Local Broadcast Sales

    John Tkac

    John Tkac earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from the University of Georgia.  John has worked at, operated, and now consults with some of the largest car and truck dealerships in America.  He is also a regular presenter for Local Broadcast Sales keeping broadcasters informed on how to approach, sell, and keep up with the fast-paced and ever-changing automotive world.
  • Matt Webster

    Ross Video

    Matt Webster

    Matt Webster works for Ross Video as a Broadcast Technical Specialist for Ross Production Services. Passionate about live production, Matt has delivered over 100 remote productions since the pandemic began for customers throughout North America.

  • Jeff Welton

    Nautel

    Jeff Welton

    Jeff has been with Nautel for over 30 years, the first 17 of which were spent in field service and technical support positions, as well as assisting Engineering with design review of new products and improvement of existing systems. Since moving to Sales in 2007, Jeff keeps finding ways to get his hands dirty and can frequently be found assisting in the install of a transmitter he’s sold, as well as performing several site inspections every year, along with the occasional repair. Recipient of the SBE’s James C. Wulliman Educator of the Year Award for 2018, Jeff writes several articles and performs presentations every year on the topics of lightning protection, grounding, transmitter site safety and various other subjects of interest in the broadcast engineering field, as well as being a contributor to the 11th edition, NAB Engineering Handbook, authoring the chapter on Facility Grounding Practice and Lightning Protection, among others.

  • Lee Zurik

    Gray Television National Investigative Unit

    Lee Zurik

    Lee Zurik’s hard-hitting investigations continue to effect change and garner respect.  Lee’s work has been recognized with journalism’s top awards.  In total, two Peabody Awards, three Columbia-duPont Silver Batons, eleven National Edward R. Murrow Awards, the IRE Medal, five IRE Certificates, and twelve Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

    Lee is currently the Evening News Anchor and Chief Investigative Reporter at WVUE-TV in New Orleans.  In addition, he also serves as Director of Investigations for Gray Television.  In that role, Lee oversees Gray’s National Investigative Unit and it’s new OTT App – InvestigateTV.

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The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the Commission is the federal agency responsible for implementing and enforcing America’s communications law and regulations.

On the Web: FCC.gov
Contact: Alma Hughes, Consumer Education & Outreach Specialist, [email protected]


GatesAir (formerly Harris Broadcast) has been an innovator in over-the-air broadcasting for nearly 100 years, and today offers the industry’s broadest portfolio with the most energy-efficient TV & Radio transmitters to help broadcasters deliver and monetize content around the globe. GatesAir is the only company to support all digital radio standards (HD Radio, DAB and DRM/DRM.) Intraplex solutions move beyond STL to studio-to-studio transport, live remotes, and content contribution and distribution. Flexible IP codec solutions enable efficient transport over the network for these applications, ensuring that broadcasters can effectively move content between locations for virtually any on-air need.

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Nemal Electronics is a fully integrated US manufacturer of fiber optic, copper, and hybrid cable, connectors, assemblies, panels, and reeler systems for A/V, HD broadcast, RF, and data. Our Products include LEMO SMPTE and Neutrik OpticalCON cables, HD/3G/4K audio, video and hybrid cable, tactical fiber, RF cables and patented DT-12 connectors. We manufacture extra flexible, rugged high-power UL rated speaker cables with Neutrik PowerCON or SpeakON connectors. Fiber products include SMPTE panels, pigtails, and fiber optic cleaning kits. Our latest product innovation, Stadium-4 Plenum SMPTE cable, won the Best of Show award by Sound and Video Contractor at InfoComm 2019.

On the Web: Nemal.com
Contact: Benjamin Nemser, [email protected]


Shively Labs, a division of Howell Laboratories, Inc., manufactures a complete line of FM antennas, filters, combiners, and coax components. Shively’s unique FM antenna line will support all needs, including multi-station shared sites, complex directional systems, and low power translators. Shively also offers a complete array of filters and combiner products, designed to be configured for any FM installation. We are an Employee Owned Company, and we take pride in everything that leaves our building. Let’s work together on your next project.

On the Web: Shively.com
Contact: Angela Gillespie, Vice President, [email protected]


SMPTE is the global society of media professionals, technologists and engineers working together to drive the industry forward. The Society fosters a diverse membership from the technology and creative communities, delivering education, technical conferences and exhibitions, blog posts, and the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal.l. We champion local and global forums, section meetings, and other events that offer invaluable access to a network of mentors and colleagues. Just as importantly, SMPTE is an internationally recognized Standards  organization with more than 800 engineering standards and guidelines to advance global interoperability of hardware and software.  Come join us!

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Contact: Roberta Gorman, Director of Membership, [email protected]

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